Helen Darbishire and Ernest De Selincourt (eds), The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth, Vol. 4: Evening Voluntaries; Itinerary Poems of 1833; Poems of Sentiment and Reflection; Sonnets Dedicated to Liberty and Order; Miscellaneous Poems; Inscriptions; Selections From Chaucer; Poems Referring to the Period of Old Age; Epitaphs and Elegiac Pieces; Ode-Intimations of Immortality (Second Edition)

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pg 205Editor’s NoteCritical ApparatusXII


  • 1Hast thou seen, with flash incessant,
  • 2Bubbles gliding under ice,
  • 3Bodied forth and evanescent,
  • 4No one knows by what device?
  • 5Such are thoughts!—A wind-swept meadow
  • 6Mimicking a troubled sea,
  • 7Such is life; and death a shadow
  • 8From the rock eternity!

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Critical Apparatus
XII. (v. app. crit. to X. 33–6). 1 flash 1820 (Misc. Poems): train 1820 (Duddon vol.)
Editor’s Note
p. 205. XII. Hast thou seen, with flash incessant: "Where the second quarry now is, as you pass from Rydal to Grasmere, there was formerly a length of smooth rock that sloped towards the road, on the right hand. I used to call it Tadpole Slope, from having frequently observed there the water-bubbles gliding under the ice, exactly in the shape of that creature."—I. F.
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